OxyContin® (generic name, oxycodone) is a Schedule II opioid narcotic that was approved in 1995 as a medication for pain. Schedule II drugs are the most highly regulated and dangerous drugs. OxyContin® is a highly addictive drug, and many people’s lives have been ruined by it.
OxyContin® and Birth Defects
A very large and ongoing study, the National Birth Defects Prevention Study, has found that a pregnant woman’s treatment with an opiate drug such as OxyContin® increases the risk of her child being born with a birth defect. Opioid-related cardiac (heart-related) birth defects include:
- Atrioventricular, conoventricular, and atrial septal defects
- Hypoplastic left heart syndrome
- Tetralogy of Fallot
- Pulmonary valve stenosis
In addition, use of OxyContin® later in a pregnancy (during the third trimester), can increase the chance that the newborn baby will go through OxyContin® withdrawal after his or her birth. The symptoms of OxyContin® withdrawal in an infantare:
- Fast breathing
- Hyperactive reflexes
- Increased stools
- Irritability, excessive crying
OxyContin® shouldn’t be used during labor and delivery, because it can depress the infant’s breathing.
Side Effects of OxyContin®
OxyContin® use carries the risk of quite a few side effects (in addition to the risk of becoming addicted to this drug), such as:
- Abdominal pain
- Dry mouth
- Euphoria (an unusual pleasant feeling)
- Loss of appetite
- Shortness of breath
- Strange dreams
Perhaps most seriously, OxyContin® at high doses can make a person’s breathing irregular and/or slowed down; this can be fatal.
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OxyContin® is a very powerful drug with serious risks. If your baby suffered birth defects or symptoms of withdrawal and you were prescribed the drug during your pregnancy, you may have a legal claim. Don’t delay! Call Clay! Our initial consultation is FREE! Our experienced staff members are here to help.